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Kennedy Trail - Saguaro NP, AZ

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Distance Multi-Loop 0.43 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,723 feet
Elevation Gain 39 feet
Accumulated Gain 44 feet
Avg Time One Way 15 minutes
Kokopelli Seeds 0.58
Dogs not allowed
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4  2012-07-07
Shantz Trail - Saguaro NP
Author keepmoving
author avatar Guides 34
Routes 206
Photos 1,847
Trips 517 map ( 3,846 miles )
Age 33 Male Gender
Location Portland, OR
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Preferred   Feb, Jan, Dec, Mar → Any
Seasons   Early Autumn to Early Summer
Sun  6:11am - 6:20pm
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Straight South
by keepmoving

Overview: Kennedy Trail connects Shantz Trail on its northern end to Squeeze Pen & Vanover Trail at its southern terminus. Along the way it also passes an intersection with the Creosote Trail. Similar to some of the other nearby trails in SNP East, Kennedy Trail isn't much of a destination to visit on its own and is best used in conjunction with other trails to form your own unique route through the desert.

Hike: From Shantz Trail, follow Kennedy as it heads directly south through the desert. In several places the trail will dip down into washes and climb back out the other side. As you move in and out of these washes you can clearly see where the rain runoff has dug deep gouges in the dirt parallel to the trail. At 0.2 miles you will encounter a junction for Creosote Trail on your left.

Past Creosote Trail, Kennedy will continue to gradually gain elevation. At 0.43 miles you will reach the junction with Squeeze Pen & Vanover Trail. The junction seems to have been chosen at a seemingly arbitrary location, as Squeeze Pen continues to head south along the exact same course as Kennedy Trail for another 100 yards before it begins to gradually curve westward towards Loma Verde Trail.

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2012-07-07 keepmoving
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Took an evening hike to watch the sunset. Ended up staying out past dark and walking back with my headlamp.

When I was walking along the road to get back to my truck I encountered some spider marching along the road with near military precision. There were two groups of them: each about 2 feet long marching in perfect straight lines, headed due west. I have never seen anything like it before and the only thing I could think of was in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets when Harry & Ron follow the spiders that are fleeing the castle to Aragog and learn that Slytherin's Monster is a Basalisk :scared: . And thats when I realized I have read Harry Potter too many times...
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Went for a run from Broadway trailhead. Didn't really know how long of a run my legs were up for, so I just took off with no real destination in mind. It was nice and cloudy out for most of the time I was on the trail, I even had a couple small showers. Ended up running from the Broadway Trailhead, south to Loma Verde Trailhead, back north to Douglas Spring Trailhead, then swung south to Pink Hill and worked my way back to where I started. I think I covered nearly every trail between Speedway & Cactus Forest Drive!
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Middle of the day run while the thermometer read 99 degrees outside- I had the trailhead & the trails all to myself. Ran Douglas Spring Trail to Carrillo Trail, down Three Tanks, then followed Bajada Vista to Shantz Trail, backtracked to Creosote trail, and returned along the Stock Bypass.

Permit $$

Saguaro National Park
2019 $20 vehicle, $15 motorcycle or $10 for any individual on foot or bicycle - the receipt is valid for 7 days Fees

Map Drive
Paved - Car Okay

To Douglas Spring Trailhead
From I-10 & Speedway Blvd exit #257, travel East on Speedway Blvd 17.4 miles to the trailhead.

The final major crossroad will be Freeman and "Dead End" signs will begin to appear. The trailhead is a small parking area with a picnic able and ample signage at the dead end of Speedway.

From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 129 mi - about 2 hours 17 mins
From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 19.4 mi - about 41 mins
From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 272 mi - about 4 hours 23 mins
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